Tønder doors: woodwork, tradition and tourism
By Kirsten Marie Raahauge, professor wsr, Royal Danish Academy
Baroque doors, portals and epitaphs with lavish, tortuous ornamentation are emblematic of Tønder, an old marsh town in South Jutland. Tønder is currently undergoing an urban renewal process that is reshaping conditions for the town and its buildings and urban spaces. With woodwork as its point of departure, this article will review how the lace era, the German era, the welfare society era and the urban renewal era have affected Tønder and how its old, new and neo-old elements reflect the varying values of the respective periods.